Firefly Restaurant

4.9
2368 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We serve food that, more often than not, accesses that part of our deepest soul where genuine expression can flow forth. We have always tried to give our food and service our best selves, as honest and vulnerable as we can muster. We strive to be a place where you might actually have a real connection; maybe with your server, maybe with your food or maybe with your possibly dorky host who is ACTUALLY glad you’re there.

Oh, you wanted a restaurant description? Sorry. Can’t really help you there. We’re not so big on labels. Our food is hard to nail down as we are constantly evolving and entirely seasonal and personal. We’ve used “Food you eat” as a tag line on occasion and that remains accurate. We could also describe it as “Food we really want you to eat”. When you’re here, tell us what you would call it.

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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vipbohand
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly has been one of my all time favorite restaurants since 2004 when we moved to Noe Valley. I have been for years and years and always had an amazing experience. This time did not disappoint. In fact, it was even better than my memories. I also took someone who has just moved here from China. She asked for a place that felt like quintessential SF.

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veggie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly NEVER disappoints....They are ALWAYS on top of their Game.

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Cityfoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, great service. Safe outdoor dining with heater. My gluten intolerant friend was a happy camper. My favorite Noe Valley restaurant.

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MarikaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite special occasion restaurant! The best service, consistently delicious food. Outdoor seating is cozy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at this neighborhood gem. The dishes are creative without being pretentious. The portions are generous as well. Delicious!

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vipAragon
San Francisco
235 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My first visit in about 10 years. While the food was good, the service was a vast improvement from long ago. Service was excellent! We both had the fried chicken. I wasn't crazy about the skin (too well-cooked for me), but the meat was juicy and hot. The mashed potatoes were perfect, and I passed on the beans (I'm not a bean guy) and I liked the biscuit - not too dry. My companion loved everything about her meal - beans and all (including the gravey). I had the brownie for dessert - great brownie and not too much caramel sauce. My companion had the black rice thing and judged it as excellent. My tea was awful - very weak. Service was just wonderful. The primary waitperson was pleasant, personable, funny, and attentive without being overbearing. Her backup was great, as well. Even the maitre d upon entry and exit was wonderful. The downside was the ambience: we were seated between two larger tables of 4 and they were filled with women on a girls night out?? Who knows, but it was way too noisy to have a conversation. Just bad luck in choosing that particular table. Otherwise, enjoyed the food and the service.

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bjamssssssssss
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Can’t wait to go back!

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Amelia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It always has been and always will be the best! Thank you!

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CarolynK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love their menu. It is gluten-free heaven on a plate!! Absolutely oustanding and unique menu options full of interesting texture and flavor!! It's a popular place; there is a parklette; and it gets a bit hectic -- so one needs to just relax and wait a bit. It's a pretty casual, funky environment so nothing unnecessarily fancy. Outdoor dining is safer and convenient with a dog but not as cozy or atmospheric as inside. They rock it overall with all the challenges presented with the times. Kudos to all!!!

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LeslieC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've only had outstanding food and service at Firefly. Our recent visit yet again showed us why this is the best restaurant in the 24th Street SF business corridor. Their outdoor seating is surprisingly cozy and warm. The food was delicious.

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vipJudyF
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a special menu for Rosh Hashanah. Very cool.

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vipJerryH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent service, food, setting.
The waitress was wonderfully knowledgeable and really charming.

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mango
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary in every way from the charm and grace of the service to the complex flavors in every dish. Surprising and delightful. Eat here now.

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PaulM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The appetizers/small plates and salad that was recommended by our server were outstanding with incredible flavor. We had a fairly long pause between our appetizers and main courses which is fine. However, our main courses were lukewarm to warm. Lukewarm seafood stew and just warm fried chicken and mac & cheese is a bit disappointing.....great flavors, maybe they were left out and we were forgotten for a bit? Definitely going to return. First time that everything was not 5-star.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A wonderful meal on a family trip to SF. One of our party is Celiac (gluten allergy) and the menu is nearly entirely gluten free, except for the biscuits. Best meal we had all week! Will definitely return on our next trip out here.

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MichaelW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. It was a bit cold inside the restaurant as they kept the doors open to keep fresh air blowing into the dining area. But during COVID, this is perfectly ok. To enter the restaurant, they check on your vaccination status - so be prepared to bring your ID and CDC vaccination proof with you. The food, the main reason to go there, is outstanding.

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Matt
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan options, everything was super delicious. Hidden gem

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vipdonnasdeals
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love this place, and often come especially for special occasions. Last night we were a bit disappointed, as no mention was made of my husband's birthday -- the main reason for our visit.

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DanielP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a lesser-known neighborhood gem in Noe. Went for a small anniversary celebration. Given the adjustments for Covid, this was really great. Was unable to book a table outdoors, but after leaving a message got a return call that an outdoor table was free at the time we wanted. Intimate setting, felt safe, diners and staff all seem happy just to be able to be there and dine in something resembling normalcy. Great recommendations from servers: flatbread, peach/tomato salad and trout all delicious, and the green salad was perfectly dressed. A celebratory sparkly candle in the creme brulee was a thoughtful finishing touch.

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MICHEALL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ultimate Noe Valley experience . The staff is incredible and the food is out of this world. It is expensive so when you need to splurge this is the place to go. There are fancier places to eat but this feel very relaxed. You won't find a nicer staff or better food. This is officially now my favorite restaurant.

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MikeW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Amazing staff. Great ambiance even at the parklet. A true gem

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mihale
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and exceptional service! Already planning our next visit!

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KempM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great date or special occasion spot in Noe Valley

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vipSFDA680
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating, great service and fun wine list.

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CandN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free birthday

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Villayo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the variety of menu options. The fusion of different cuisines was week executed. Loved the food, everything was very good. Will definitely go back.

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vipBobd
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've literally been going to Firefly since the night they opened, lo those many years ago. It is among my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area and I am so happy that they are still around and still operating at the same level of quality that they have been known for. My companion was Vegan, I'm a meat eater and we were both thrilled with our food, the atmosphere and the wonderful level of hospitality and service that Firefly always exhibits.

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SE12
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - good flavors and unique dishes. The service did not disappoint. Highly recommend.

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vipEric
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service as always and the chefs do an amazing job 🙌

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vipScott
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been eating at firefly for over 20 years. I’ve never had a bad meal or bad service there. Firefly gets my highest rating.

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vipElisaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really fantastic. wonderful food, great caring staff.

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vipDaveSF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This might be my favorite restaurant in SF — phenomenal food and service. My wife has celiac and 95% of the menu is gluten-free. The fact that they make home-made dog treats is icing on the cake.

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vipAllie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless food and service as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious. Amazing flavors. Outdoor dining experience very comfortable. Staff attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this wonderful restaurant on some blog when I was looking up where to eat after our day in the city. We decided on Firefly and so glad we did! At first I was skeptical, we went right as it opened. It was quiet, everyone greeted us as we walked in. We sat down and ordered street corn, tostones, and Brazilian cheese balls. Delicious is an understatement, i could eat here every anniversary. We also had the fried chicken which my bf said was the “best fried chicken he’s ever had”. Which is a huge compliment from him! So yummy! And then had to order the brownie for dessert. It was delicious!!! Definitely recommending to friends and family and can’t wait to come back here soon!!

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vipCarolS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at Firefly, have only been eating outside since they have reopened, but everything about the dining experience is outstanding. I can't wait for my next meal there.

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Clem
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food (very GF friendly) and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate our anniversary there. I’m vegan, he’s not, and Firefly had something for both of us. Highly recommend the peanut butter cookie sandwich!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere and service was lovely. They’ve reserved us a nice and cozy corner that we had requested and we were very pleased. We live in the neighborhood and we like Firefly for its quiet location and European ambiance. The meals were beautifully presented. The main course was fine, the appetizers were on the salty side, which is sadly the case in most restaurants. The servers were polite and attentive. We were able to taste the wine before picking one, even though we didn’t order a bottle and it was only a glass. I thought it was generous of them. They would nicely ask before taking your plates away but it was still rather quick. Compared to most restaurants it was a slower pace which we prefer. I think the atmosphere and service was the best thing about the place.

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Firefly Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2368 OpenTable diners.

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